France’s former Prime Minister summoned for the handling of the covid pandemic

France’s former Prime Minister summoned for the handling of the covid pandemic - Former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has been summoned at the end of October before the Court of Justice of the Republic. The CJR opened a judicial investigation in July 2020 after complaints from associations of victims of the covid pandemic. They believe that the French government reacted too late to the spread of the virus during the first wave.

The CJR, is the only one authorized to try ministers for acts committed in the exercise of their functions. In this case, the former Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn was indicted on September 10, 2021 for "endangering the lives of others" by the three magistrates who make up the "commission d'instruction" of the Republican Court of Justice. The complaints also targeted Olivier Véran, the successor of Agnès Buzyn. The lawyer for the CoeurVide19 association, Me Yassine Bouzrou, considers that Edouard Philippe "did not ask his government to take the necessary measures to combat the epidemic and protect the population. He must therefore be “charged for endangering the lives of others and wilful abstention from fighting a disaster”.

 

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